Farnley Tyas and Castle Hill Walk - 11th March

Posted 11/3/2018

In a busy weekend for our participants, today saw a second walk - a 7.7 mile jaunt around a beautiful district of Huddersfield.  The walk description warned of ill maintained paths, tricky ascents and river crossings. All these our route had in spades, along with mud - lots and lots of mud.

It was not without laughs though, as muddy descents resulted in Andrea 'Three Buttocks' Turner (don't ask) falling twice within the opening couple of miles and Nick 'Sprung Legs' Powell following suit towards the end.  Starting from the lovely St Lucius' Church in Farnley Tyas, we headed southwards across Farnley Moor, From here we descended to cross a railway line then a stream in an attempt to reach Brockholes.  This was almost thwarted by the fact that someone has clearly made a concerted and deliberate effort to block the public footpath with a number of large branches from a major tree pruning operation.  However, undeterred, out party cleared a way through and managed to stick to the planned route!

From Brockholes we ascended sharply towards Honley, picking up a path affording us splendid views of our Castle Hill target. The ascent continued fairly relentlessly, save for another stream crossing, until we reached the Victoria Tower atop Castle Hill. After a spot of lunch and some time to take in the panoramic views of Huddersfield, we made a steady, eastward descent to Sharp Lane, before the final climb back to Farnley Tyas and the welcome sight of The Golden Cock.

After brief refreshment at this pleasant hostelry, our small party went our separate ways.  Many thanks to the six attendees and a warm welcome to Karla White on her DVWG debut. I hope we haven't put you off for life!